Chapter 7.2 CCD detectors

Crystallography of biological macromolecules

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 7. X‐ray detectors

  1. M. W. Tate1,
  2. E. F. Eikenberry2,
  3. S. M. Gruner1

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000668

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Tate, M. W., Eikenberry, E. F. and Gruner, S. M. 2006. CCD detectors. International Tables for Crystallography. F:7:7.2:148–153.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Physics, 162 Clark Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853‐2501, USA

  2. 2

    Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006



This chapter describes charge‐coupled device (CCD) detectors. CCD detector assembly and calibration are described as well as the correction of data from CCD detectors. Integration of detector systems with hardware and data‐acquisition software is covered and the use of CCD detectors in macromolecular crystallography is discussed.


  • area detectors;
  • CCD detectors;
  • calibration of CCD detectors;
  • charge‐coupled device detectors;
  • dark‐current subtraction for CCD detectors;
  • detector calibration;
  • detectors;
  • flat‐field corrections for CCD detectors;
  • geometric distortion in CCD detectors;
  • obliquity correction for CCD detectors;
  • X‐ray detectors